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Wedding Dress

Type: For Ceremony and Ritual
Object Name: Wedding Dress
Local Name: jumlo
Place Made: Asia: South Asia, Pakistan, Northwest Frontier Province, Indus Kohistan
Period: Mid 20th century
Date: 1950 - 1960
Dimensions: L 86 cm x W 192 cm
Materials: Cotton; metal; glass bead; mother of pearl; lead bead; plastic button
Techniques: Twill woven; embroidered; machine-sewn; beaded
ID Number: T94.1141
Credit: From the Opekar / Webster Collection

The jumlo was one of the most lavishly embroidered and embellished garments in South Asia, and worn by Muslim women in remote Indus Kohistan. The dress’s skirt was formed of triangular gussets – some examples have as many as 600. The jumlo, worn with full trousers and an embroidered shawl, was often embellished with coins, buttons, even key chains and old zippers. In the 1970s, ready-made Pakistani clothing began to replace jumlo.